Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

8.2/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
8"

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)'s screen is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a MediaTek MT8135 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 5 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4750mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4750 mAh battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 12 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Despite some small drawbacks, you just won't find a tablet with these features and performance at this price.

- David Carnoy , Cnet 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 8 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Sturdy design
  • Good audio quality
  • microSD support
  • Great Amazon integration

What's bad  

  • Horrible cameras
  • No Google Play support
  • Slow loading times
  • Dull, reflective display

Revamping its lineup, Amazon recently released the Fire HD 8 (2017). While it will not compete with flagship tablets, the low price and tight Amazon integration might make it a tempting purchase for media consumption and casual use.

Reviewers have had time to test out the latest release and they’re posting reviews across the Internet. Let’s see what they’re saying!

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While most tablets and phones get slimmer and lighter with each release, the Fire HD 8 put on a sliver of thickness and a few grams of weight between 2015 and 2017. Otherwise, reviewers noted that the tablet looks nearly identical.

The plastic chassis now comes in 4 different colors. The colors are vibrant but reviewers had mixed opinions.

Fortunately, on the quality front, reviews are all positive. TechAdvisor UK said, “While the plastic back is not premium in any way, the device overall is sturdy. There’s barely any give or flex in the plastic, giving the tablet a reassuring heft.”

You won’t find any extra features or buttons on the tablet. You get the standard volume rocker, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB charging port and a power button—all along the top. There’s also a flap covering a microSD port on the side for cheap storage expansion.

The front of the tablet features an 8-inch, 1280-by-800 LCD panel. Reviewers found that while the resolution wasn’t high enough to compete with newer offerings from Samsung or Apple that it was clear enough for light reading, video watching or gaming.

Some reviewers had issues with brightness and low contrast. A lack of screen treatment made for plenty of complaints regarding smudges and reflections. But most would recommend the tablet based on the display. The Guardian called the Fire HD 8’s screen “good but not great.”

Performance reviews were a similar mix. The quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor offered enough of power for gaming, streaming video and light web browsing. However, reviewers noted that apps are sluggish to load. With only 1.5GB of RAM, multitasking frequently required reloading apps.

TechRadar summed up performance assessments well, saying, “This isn’t an incredibly quick tablet either. Most games and apps will run just fine, even high-end ones, but the system isn’t as fast to respond as a powerful Android tablet.”

The tablet comes with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. It runs a modified version of Android 5.0 Lollipop that Amazon calls FireOS. While it takes a different approach to display your tablet’s contents, reviewers found it responsive and easy to use.

The biggest tradeoff is a lack of support for Google Apps. Unless you’re willing to sideload apps and make settings changes, you’re stuck with the Amazon Appstore.

Amazon doesn’t disclose the capacity of the internal battery. However, most reviewers found that the estimate of 8 hours of mixed usage held up. Unfortunately, they also found that recharging the battery took 6 hours. If you use it often, you’ll want to charge it nightly.

Although tablet’s aren’t known for having high-quality cameras, reviews agree that the 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing lens on the Fire HD 8 are bad. The Guardian summed up findings well, saying, “The cameras are pretty poor, producing blurry shots with little in the way of detail—only to be used in an emergency.”

While the Fire HD 8 is a no-frills experience, it has a price you won’t find from any other major manufacturer. This won over most reviewers. Trusted Reviews offered a great assessment of the real value of the tablet, saying, “If you consider yourself a tech-head and aren't buying for someone else, you may want to consider spending a little more. However, the Fire HD 8 is perfect for those with more modest expectations, and easy to recommend to family buyers that aren't after something as fancy as an iPad.


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


The Next Web

The best tablet you can get for $80

from The Next Web

Granted, it’s not all rosy. As usual there’s no access to the Google Play Store. That’s always been the case with Amazon devices, but its nevertheless a little disappointing. I still think Amazon would sell a ton of these if it simply made the Play Store optional rather than blocking it’s installation completely. Then there’s the obvious caveat that this is still a $79 tablet. The cameras both suck, the battery is slow to charge, and I wish it used USB-C so I could stick with one charger. Some people will hate the Amazon ads on the lock screen (you can pay... Full review

Notebookcheck

Incredible price-performance ratio

from Notebookcheck
Those of you, who already own the predecessor, can skip this latest version. Apart from some minor enhancements (larger MicroSD card, slightly faster GPU) it hasn’t really changed much... Full review
The Guardian

Easily the best tablet you can buy for £80

from The Guardian
You get twice the storage, much longer battery life, a slightly better screen and much better speakers, which make the Fire HD 8 quite a compelling package, if all you want to do is consume media. It’s no iPad, but then it doesn’t try to be. It cuts the right corners to get the job done at a price worth paying... Full review
Tech Advisor

Tries to perfect a combination of function and value

from Tech Advisor

The Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 ticks a lot of the right boxes. It’s affordable, well built and plays back video to an exceptionally high standard. But we’ll say it again – you need Amazon Prime to fully enjoy it. It’s not that it is a complete necessity, but the prominence in the operating system of Amazon’s own apps and services means without a Prime membership it’s a frustrating user experience. This caveat aside, it’s an incredibly priced media consumption tablet that exemplifies Amazon’s dominance in the low-end market – this ov... Full review

TechRadar

Tiny changes for Amazon’s low-cost tablet

from TechRadar
There’s no major new hardware in the 2017 edition of the Fire HD 8, but it’s still one of the only decent sub-$100/£100 tablets. It’s not worth upgrading from last year’s Fire HD 8, though... Full review
Cnet

A great cheap tablet gets even cheaper

from Cnet
If you're a Prime user, the 2017 edition of the HD 8 is a great value -- and an excellent option for kids who don't really need an expensive iPad. (Amazon offers extensive parental controls.) Despite its middling display, you just won't find a tablet with these features and performance at this price point... Full review
TrustedReviews

One of the cheapest tablets you can buy from a recognisable brand

from TrustedReviews
The Amazon Fire HD 8 is a good tablet at a great price, making it easy to recommend if £100 is your absolute maximum budget. Its screen is fair, the build quality is fine and there’s plenty of storage. While it doesn’t feel incredibly fast, it has enough power to do justice to some of Android’s most impressive games. Plus having Alexa on a tablet is a nice touch, if far from essential... Full review
Recombu

A minor update of a great family tablet

from Recombu
If you want an affordable tablet for the whole family, the new Fire HD8 2017 is a solid choice - as long as you buy into Amazon’s ecosystem, of course. You get full parental controls and fast access to all of your content, including those awesome Prime services and the ever-growing Alexa assistant. Considering the low asking price, the specs aren’t too shabby either... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 7, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 5

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Secondary OS No
Processor MediaTek MT8135 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4750 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time 12 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 12 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Black, Canary Yellow, Marine Blue, Punch Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.4 x 12.8 x 1.0 cm
(8.4 x 5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 369 grams
(13 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups Unknown
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Amazon Silk
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, MOBL, PDF, TXT
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Amazon Fire HD 8 (7th Gen)

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